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Racial/Ethnic Differences in Influenza Vaccination Coverage in High-Risk Adults

Egede, Leonard E. and Zheng, Deyi (2003) Racial/Ethnic Differences in Influenza Vaccination Coverage in High-Risk Adults. American Journal of Public Health, 93 (12). pp. 2074-2078.

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Objectives. This study identified racial/ethnic disparities in influenza vaccination in high risk adults. Methods. We analyzed data on influenza vaccination in 7655 adults with high-risk conditions, using data from the 1999 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). We stratified data by age and used multiple logistic regression to adjust for gender, education, income, employment, and health care access. Results. After control for covariates, White patients with diabetes, chronic heart conditions, and cancer had a higher prevalence of influenza vaccination than did Black patients with the same conditions. Similarly, White patients with 2 or more high-risk conditions were more likely to receive the influenza vaccine than Black patients with the same conditions. Conclusions. Significant racial/ethnic differences exist in influenza vaccination of high-risk individuals, and missed vaccination opportunities seem to contribute to the less-than-optimal influenza vaccination coverage in the United States.

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Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: racial/ethnic disparities; influenza vaccination; high-risk adults; Influenza
Subjects: Health > Disparities
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Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2011 11:55
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1067

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